This webinar examines presentations of mental health difficulties in infants and toddlers from newborns to three years of age. It explores GPs interactions with infants and toddlers and parents in ways that effectively support co-ordinated service responses.
Relevance to General Practice
An Australian study investigating a wide range of risk factors for adult mental health difficulties found that 16.1% of infants had four or more risk factors (Guy, Furber, Leach, & Segal, 2016). Yet a significant number of infants and toddlers in Australia are not recognised as having mental health vulnerabilities or difficulties, and are not receiving supports or accessing services. The question of infant and toddler mental health presentations is one that continues to challenge GPs, particularly those working with families experiencing adversity.
- Recognise the signs of mental health difficulties in infants and children and enhance the chance of effective treatment and mitigate immediate risks
- Identify signs of mental health difficulties in infants and toddlers by the use of helpful conversations with parents.
- Use a preventative framework to develop a shared understanding of the child’s mental health with parents.
- Make informed decisions around what support is most appropriate for both infants and toddlers and their family.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Children and young people health
- Psychological health